Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mamaw's Cooking

I made a mistake in last week's post. My grandmother (Mamaw) turned 86, not 87 as I had stated. Regardless, she looks great! Mamaw is the spunkiest 86-year-old you will ever meet.
Mamaw has countless amazing qualities, but one that most fascinates and inspires me is her cooking. She can turn out an incredible spread in record time. If we call and say that we want to come see her, she will have the table set full of food by the time we get there, a mere 3-or-so hours later. 
The meal she usually makes for us includes: fried chicken, pasta salad, green beans, corn, cornbread, rolls, and strawberries with fluffy white dip.
Even though Mamaw cooks such amazing food, she has never had weight problems, and is in extemely good health. I think it is because she stays active (hardly ever sits down) ,eats tons and tons of fruit and vegetables, and does not eat lots of fast food or heavily processed things. 
 Her recipes are difficult to duplicate (a pinch of this, a pinch of that and lots of love baked in), but here are some close duplications:
Mamaw's Fried Chicken
1) boneless, skinless chicken tenders 2) Oven Fry brand coating mix 3) vegetable oil
Follow directions on coating mix up until the part where you put it in the oven. At that point, fry the chicken in vegetable oil. Oven Fry is made to crisp in the oven. You can only imagine how cruncy and delicious it gets when fried!

Mamaw's Pasta Salad
1) one package of tri-colored rotini pasta 2) assorted vegetables (cucumbers, celery, bell pepper, etc.)
3) Wish Bone Italian Salad Dressing
Cook pasta. While pasta is cooking, chop vegetables. Drain pasta, and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta, vegetables, and salad dressing. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Mamaw's Strawberry Dip
1) one block of cream cheese  2) 1 jar of marshmallow cream
Blend until smooth. Chill for about 2 hours.        

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